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Friday
Dec182015

Holiday Peach Picks: Nan Myers

The best benefit of having this Southern design blog are the people I meet. I have made many friends over the last four and a half years through Sweet Peach that I will cherish for a lifetime. Like Nan Myers of Thomasville, Georgia. Owner of Firefly, one of my favorite shops, Nan is as cool and unassuming and wonderful as they come. An eye for great design, she thrives on travel and adventure and loves to be outdoors surrounded (and inspired) by mother nature...you are just as likely to find her at her lovely shop as you are in the corner of a restaurant reading a good book. She's a true champion of the South who can organize stunning Southern supper clubs or design and plan a jaw dropping, beautiful wedding, like this one, featured in Garden & Gun. I do this blog because of the artists that continue to inspire me. So here are Nan's Holiday Peach Picks that will most certainly inspire you...

1. Unicorn Horn, $20. Always be yourself. Unless you can be a unicorn. Then always be a unicorn. This horn is 5" tall and 1.5" wide at the base. A thin elastic headband is sewn onto the base of the horn which is perfect for the very active unicorn. It is super cute and guaranteed to turns heads as you trot down the street. 

2. Lovelane Capes, Crowns, Hats and Cuffs, from $24. It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Lovelane! We are smitten with these adorable Super Hero accessories created in Savannah, Georgia by Lane Huerta. I've been known to rock the tiger cuffs during shop hours. They make me wrap better :) 

3. Sugarfina Champagne Gummy Bears, $20. I remember vividly when my sister, who was 13 at the time, came back from visiting friends in Germany. She brought back Lacoste sweat bands, metallic blue heart shaped sunglasses, a record of some fabulous, strange band called The Police (Zenyatta Mondatta) and gummy bears. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. I still love gummy bears and to find these, made with Dom Pérignon Vintage Champagne?! How fun is that? We are carrying a range of Sugarfina's products as we think the whole line is pretty darn sweet. 

4. Plumdog, $16.99. This book by Emma Chichester Clark makes me want to move to London so that my Bleu girl (black lab) can be BFF's with Plum. This is a collection of Plum and Emma's daily doings told through Plum's eyes and Emma's charming illustrations. I had to limit how much I would read each night, which was an extreme exercise in willpower. 

5. Betsy Olmsted's tea towels, $26. These tea towels are the perfect gift for the hostess, a friend or for yourself! Printed to look hand painted, Betsy Olmsted's textiles start from her original watercolor and gouache designs. Printed and finished in the USA. 

6. Antler Slice earrings, $86. Artist, Megan Proctor, who is originally from my neck of the woods, now resides in Charleston, South Carolina. She creates nature inspired jewelry kicked up a handsome notch or two. Her pieces are stunning and so easy to wear. These antler sliced earrings are just a teaser of her beautiful line. 

7. Wood necklace, $46. I love the simplistic nature inspired pieces created by Georgia artist, Courtney Weil. Her jewelry is a winner winner chicken dinner with my teens. 

8. We Took to the Woods Candle, from $42. I met Mary and her family this summer at the Atlanta AmericasMart and later visited their lovely store in Greenville, South Carolina on my way to the mountains. I love their genuine Americana style and they are as nice as the day is long. Enclosed in tartan containers with wonderful scent options, these candles are a perfect fit for Firefly. We immediately sold out of our exclusive "Walk in the Piney Woods" and Three Wood Shirts, pictured here, is also a personal favorite. 

9. Scottish Wool Carpet bags, from $118. I am a Scot-Irish 6th generation T'villian who loves some tartan. Needless to say, I was thrilled to find these Scottish wool carpet bags. We have a nice assortment at our brick and mortar store so call and we will be glad to text you some options. We stock them in both medium and large. 

10. Porcupine necklace, $15. Another beauty by Courtney Weil...every necklace is a genuine porcupine spike collected at a local farm, as the quills naturally fall off on their own. 

 

Illustration: Sarah Neuburger, The Small Object 


Tuesday
Dec152015

Holiday Peach Picks: Sara Lee Parker

If you're a close friend of mine, you know I have a thing for tea towels. Which means, I have a thing for Sara Lee Parker. Her hand-printed textiles, made from organic cotton and hemp fabrics, are some of my all time favorites. They have beautiful patterns with a quirky energy that I love. So how could I not ask her what her favorite gift picks are for this year? It was a no brainer, and there are a couple gifts here that I've already bookmarked to get for some lucky family members. Her list will help make your shopping a wee bit easier...thank you Sara! 

1. Putford scissors, $12. For the crafter who covets nice looking tools. 

2. Molly Hatch mug, $18. I'm collecting everything Molly Hatch and this one is going on my wish list. 

3. Cottage Garden calendar, $14. This cute little calendar would be a sweet gift for my business friends. 

4. Tugboat Printshop Daisy Bouquet print, $150. I've been coveting this print for almost a year! Tugboat is a husband and wife team from Pittsburg making beautiful hand cut, woodblock prints. 

5. Blabla Apple doll, $44. Our local Treehouse Kid & Craft carries the best gifts for the littles in our lives. I love this Blabla doll for my niece. 

6. Kimone Rose perfume, $19. This scent is so lovely, I can't imagine anyone not loving it! 

7. Gold Fish pocket knife, $22. I love giving pocket knives! They make great presents for your handy woman friend. 

8. Mana In Our Foods, $7. Alyssa makes the BEST pre packaged meals from local ingredients...a wholesome meal for my foodie brother.

9. Xenia Taler art tile, $28. I'm a huge fan of Xenia Taler's art tile and I'd love to gift this to a friend. 

10. Diana Sudyka art print, $30. Beautiful art by Diana Sudyka, this print would make a wonderful gift to a lucky someone. 

11. Maria Dondero blue flower mug, $40. My mom would love this mug! 

 

Illustration: Sarah Neuburger of The Small Object

 

Friday
Dec112015

Holiday Peach Picks: Hugh Acheson

This past summer, I produced my first Sweet Spots paper for Athens, Georgia. I was thrilled to have Hugh Acheson be one of the first to buy an ad for it and I have to say, he's always been the kind of great guy we see on TV. I've appreciated his support and am a huge fan of his recently released cookbook, The Broad Fork- which by the way, just got listed as the best cookbook of the year by Epicurious (great gift idea). As an added plus, Hugh is an avid traveler and stylish dresser, which makes him fun to follow on Instagram. It's just another way to let this fun and talented, guy-next-door chef into our lives. He's a good man- and I'm as happy as can be to share his stellar Peach Picks on Sweet Peach this holiday season. Thank you Hugh! 

1. Phil and Sebastian Coffee, from $18.50. Phil and Sebastian is a phenomenal coffee roaster in my native Canada, based in Calgary, Alberta. Brilliant packaging but even better sourcing and skilled roasting of the beans. It's also sold at Spiller Park Coffee in Atlanta. Save on that shpping $$$!

2. Vintage Cast Iron Pan. Some great cast iron is available on Etsy and Ebay. Look for Griswold brand. And if you find a well seasoned cast-iron (I mean seasoned like you can see your face in it), don't think, just buy. You will never regret it. 

3. All Clad 12" inch stainless collection fry pan, from $95. This is one of the most used pans in my kitchen. And it's also one of the oldest- a testament to the durability of the All Clad product. 

4. Chubo Utility Knife, $195. This has become one of my favorite knives. And I have a lot of knives. It's pricy, but worth it. 

5. McEvoy Ranch Olive Oils, from $29. Olive oil has such a presence in my food and I love showing off the wonderful producers in our midst. McEvoy Ranch produces award-winning, clean and truly delicious olive oil.

6. R. Wood Studio Ceramics, from $22. Rebecca Wood is an iconic Athenian artist and for good reason. Her ceramics befit the most elegant Southern table, but also find a happy home in well-used kitchens. 

7. Condor Chocolates Truffle Gift Box, from $8 (in store only: Athens, GA) or chocolate bars from the online shop, $9. My buddy Peter Dale is serving up delicate, carefully crafted (by the talented Shae Sims) chocolates and confections that will put a smile on anyone's face. Several seasonal truffle offerings make for an elegant and fun gift box.  

8. Gift Certificate to Bikram Yoga Studio, Athens, from $18. Mary, my wife, enjoys a regular practice at our local Bikram yoga studio. It's a state of the art facility that beginners and seasoned practitioners alike patronize. 

9. Subscription to AFAR magazine, $20. Beautifully laid out, stunning graphic design and a great resource for the eclectic traveler, of which I am one. 

10. David Hale prints, from $15. I wear David's art on my arm, but if you're needle-shy, you can get a print instead. His work is vastly intricate and very stylized. He's a dedicated artist. 

 

Image of Hugh: Taylor Oxendine    Content: Sweet Peach/ Hugh Acheson 


Thursday
Dec102015

Holiday Peach Picks: Sarah Pierre

If you live in the East Atlanta area (specifically Grant Park, Ormewood Park and Glenwood Park) then you may already be well aware of the 3 Parks wine shop. It's a small boutique wine shop that also sells local, tasty goods like cheese, salumi, chocolates and all manner of wine accesssories. But the best part is Sarah Pierre. She's the quintessential shop owner who is happily at the ready for any and all wine questions, no matter how complex. I am so grateful to have her in my neighborhood and was thrilled when she said yes to sharing her wine inspired gift picks with Sweet Peach. Prepare to make a purchase or two, these are great picks...

1. Cheers Bottle Bag, $14.95. Love this fancy and fun (and eco friendly) wine bag. Ideal for your holiday celebrations. 

2. Moroccan Glass Cups, $14 each. The prettiest cups to place atop your bar cart. These Moroccan highball glasses are perfect for tea, cocktails and even casual wine drinking. 

3. Mid-Century Bar Cart, $279. Because everyone needs a bar cart. 

4. Swell Bottle, from $21.25. The 25 oz one holds an entire bottle of wine! 

5. Gold Ice Bucket, $89. For the entertaining souls, nothing tops a gold ice bucket. 

6. Gold wine key, $14.99 (and available at 3 Parks) I'm always the talk of the party when I open bottles of wine with this gold opener. 

7. The Wine Bible, $24.95. The 2nd edition has just been released 14 years later and it's ideal for anyone who wants the perfect introduction and crash course to wine. It's a household must have. 

8. 'Let's Get Wine Drunk and make out' Card, $4.99. (and available at 3 Parks) The best card ever! Everyone should get this card over the holidays. 

9. Food & Wine and Imbibe subscriptions, from $12. Perfect coffee table magazines for the food and wine or beverage lover. 

10. Coravin Model Two Wine System, from $349.95. This gift is for the wine lover in your life. You're never really opening the bottle and you can come back to it over and over again. 

11. Two Bottle Bag, $18.95. What's better than one bottle of wine? Two! 

12. Vintage French coupe glasses, $48. My go-to glass when I'm entertaining. 

13. Peach Dish subscription, from $45. If you're a lover of wine, you're probably a lover of food. Peach Dish is hands down my favorite meal delivery kit. Pick two meals, receive your box (which includes all the ingredients), open a bottle of wine, then cook an insanely delicious meal. It's so fun! 

14. Cocktail book, $19.95. I love this pretty book of pretty holiday cocktails- from bartenders all over the world. 

15. Impressive Holiday Wines. Quality champage, from $75. RED WINE: Mauro Franchino Gattinara, Italy. 100% Nebbiolo. This is a wine that you pull out of your secret stash when you want to impress your friends. Make sure you open it at least an hour before drinking or decant. $44.99 at 3 Parks Wine Shop. WHITE WINE: 2012 La Conreria d'Scala Dei Priorat Les Brugureres, Spain. This is my go-to winter white wine. The wine is full, rich, complex and badass. And did I mention the vines are 110 years old! $32.35 at 3 Parks Wine Shop. ROSÉ WINE: 2014 Chateau De Berne Impatience Rosé, Provence, France. It's a Rosé in a beautiful square bottle that tastes ridiculously amazing. $19.50 at 3 Parks Wine Shop. 

 

Image of Sarah: Eater Atlanta    Content: Sweet Peach/Sarah Pierre

 

Tuesday
Dec082015

Holiday Peach Picks: Ashley Woodson Bailey 

Ever since I first spied the work of Miss Ashley Woodson Bailey, I've been a superfan. I love her story, what she creates, her unique perspective...and what she picks each year for my Gift Guide. As expected, her 2015 gift picks are a mix of luxurious and vibrant, surprising and wholly original...just like her. Thank you Ashley! 

1. Drippy Tapestry Pillow Cover, $400. I want to crawl into every room Martyn Thompson creates and never leave. They are magical. 

2. Landon Nordeman Photo. Landon's photos are some of the most show stopping, heart pounding images around. He captures fashion like no one else and I so want one in my home. 

3. Saint Therese Enamel Pendant, $169. Ever since meeting Dr. Lisa Cooper in Sydney, I have become fascinated with her love for St. Therese, that Little Flower. Her phrase, "Everything is Grace" is what she is known for as well as her ability to ease those who suffer. She seems to be my patron saint, and is also the patron saint to most florists. I would love to hang this delicate little charm around my neck in her honor every day. 

4. Gucci Collection. Ever since Alessandro Michele became Creative Director of Gucci, I have wanted every single piece he has shown. 

5. Dixon Rye Gift Certificate. We are currently in the throws of redoing our home. I walked into Dixon Rye yesterday and thought I had died and gone to heaven- from the pottery to the gorgeous leather sofa to the light fixtures, I want a hefty gift certificate to this store! 

6. Coqui Coqui Spa Hotel. I would love to have a romantic vacation with my husband to Tulum and stay at Coqui Coqui. 

7. Alyson Fox rug, from $75. Dreaming of this rug by Alyson Fox to tie everything together in my living room. 

8. Ashley Woodson Bailey 8" x 8" print, from $85. I will be giving all of my flower loving friends one of my newly framed prints. 

 

Thursday
Dec182014

Peach Picks: Ashley Woodson Bailey 

Ashley Woodson Bailey is having a good year. These past months, her incredible original artwork has caught a wave of devout, drooling fans across the globe. We all suffer from the same thing. We see, we gasp and then we pick a favorite. Living here in the South, I'm currently loving her Southern Magnolia image. And then, at the same time, I'm debating which gorgeous floral clutch to buy in her new bag collection created in collaboration with Very Fine South. So, receiving her holiday gift picks for Sweet Peach is something special and as expected, drool worthy. Enjoy...

Puzzle Heel, $299. These shoes. Oh my. All Gorman shoes are beyond comfy and so stylish. 

Tsalagi Clutch, $125. I've had my eye on this amazing Tsalagi clutch. Laura makes it in the yummiest black leather and I would love to carry it during fun nights out with my husband. 

Vertical Rectangle Vase, $45. I would love to hang this sweet little Copper and Torch vase in my house and fill it with gorgeous flowers. 

Diamond Anchor Necklace, email for pricing. A custom diamond and gold cross from Ivy Diamond Cole would be so dreamy. 

Hudson Dinnerware, $90. Keith makes these in black now and oh my gosh, I am not sure I want anything more. 

This class in Australia, $150. Plus, 2 round trip tickets on Qantas to Sydney so I can take this class and my husband can experience what I just did for himself. 

Citizen Atelier Gift Card, $500. I so want a gift card to Citizen Atelier so I can pick out some art for the house. Alessandra curates the site so well, it would be hard to pick just one piece. 

Katherine Sandoz Art Piece. I am a collector of all beauty made by Katherine Sandoz and this one might be my favorite yet. 

Light Drawings, email for prices. I would love one of Rinne Allen's light drawings to hang in my daughter, Byrd's room. They are breathtaking. 

Frida Vase, $295. I also want this amazing vase by Love Star, an Aussie brand, for my love of flowers and my love of Frida! 

 

Top Illustration: Rob Wilson, Silas Tom.  Ashley photo: Katie Oblinger 

 

Wednesday
Dec172014

Peach Picks: Courtney Hamill

As if Courtney Hamill of Honeycomb Studio wasn't cool enough with her gorgeous ceramic vases, antlers, ornaments, lighting and more that she crafts by hand in her backyard Atlanta studio, I recently found out that she is also a beekeeper. I had the pleasure of receiving a mason jar full of her southern made honey and have used it almost every day. As I sip my morning tea, I'm grateful to Court and her bees for starting off my day with just the right amount of sweetness. So, of course, I asked her to share her gift picks with Sweet Peach once again. (here is last year) Oddly enough, almost every one is honey colored...

Handmade Wreath, $50. One of my favorite floral designers in the city has been sharing some seriously gorgeous, minimalist wreaths and garlands on her Instagram feed this year. I pretty much love everything she comes up with so I would love to deck my halls with her creations. Follow her Instagram feed to learn pricing and availability of all of her latest wreaths and garlands. 

CAMP Workshops (Atlanta), from $175. So this could be a bit of a splurge, but they say that experiences are the best gifts, right? CAMP is an awesome collaboration of some of the most exciting talents in Atlanta's vibrant creative scene who get together a few times a year to offer workshops. 

Bronze Sling Necklace, $30. A new (to me) Instagram discovery, I love everything about this jewelry designer's simple, natural aesthetic. I particularly love her delicate rings but since I've been cursed with fat baby hands that don't lend themselves to elegant stacking rings, I'm going to stick with this awesome necklace. 

Oblong Burlap Tray with Gold Stripe, $90. I know, I know. I'm a ceramic artist so I should just be able to make my own, right? But North Carolinian, Lindsay Emery, has a style that complements mine, yet is all her own. She's a wizard with glazes and on the wheel and while I picked one platter style, anything she makes would be a welcome addition to my home.

Spicy Honey, $14. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I am an avid bee keeper and a fan of all things innovative when it comes to honey. I also pretty much grow nothing except habanero peppers in my garden during the summer so honey + spicy is something I'd love to get my hands on (and perhaps try to recreate in the future). 

Skincare Set, $18. This cute little family made the decision to uproot their NYC lives and move down to rural Tennessee in order to pursue their dreams of a goat farm that produced farmstead cheeses and organic skincare products. Their farming model is based on overall health and sustainability, grabbing them the Grand Prize for West Elm's Small Business Grant this year! 

ATL Hat, $50. I'm not a huge hat gal, but a hand-stitched looking, wool ATL hat to rep my city? You had me at hello. 

Holiday Flannel Wood Veneer Sunglasses, $92. I'm always on the lookout for good sunglasses and I love the turquoise details in these one-of-a-kind specs. If you already follow Becca and Doug on Instagram, you know that not only are they angels of mercy for a menagerie of super cute animals, but they work tirelessly hand cutting all of the wood veneer for their glasses. A labor of love...

 

Top Illustration, Rob Wilson of Silas Tom


Saturday
Dec132014

Peach Picks: Bradley Odom

When I have a design quandary in my home, I seek advice from friends, but I tend to listen most to Bradley Odom. Bradley just graduated SCAD, plus he's the Director of Design Education at West Elm. None of that means I would automatically listen to his advice, except when I propose these decor problems, I always like his answers. He makes me see things from a whole new perspective that is at all times creative, technical and solution oriented. So I'm overjoyed that he shared his Holiday Gift Picks with Sweet Peach once again. (click here for 2013) These wonderful picks mimic his great eye and care for smart, beautiful (often luxurious) design. Thank you Bradley! 

Deco Letter Ornaments, $4 each. Holiday decor at West Elm gets better and better every year. My personal favorite for 2014 is a Deco Letter Ornament. Use a few to add sparkle and style to your tree or try tying them to each person's napkin at your next holiday party. 

Shotwell Candy Co. Caramels, from $9.75. These "Old Fashioned" buttery soft caramels are infused with aromatic bitters, Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey and orange extract. Whenever I have the pleasure to try one, I need a moment to savor and appreciate because each and every one is slap your mama good. 

R. Nichols Grand Sparkle Candle, $90. I recently brought this candle as a hostess gift to my friends' house in San Francisco. They loved it. The container is just as lovely as the scent, which smells just like a Christmas tree. I defy anyone in its presence to not feel merry and bright... 

Mountain Fresh Grocery Herbes de Provence Extra Virgin Olive Oil, $9.95. This is another no-fail hostess gift. I spend many long weekends in Highlands, North Carolina and each time, I buy a new olive oil flavor from Mountain Fresh Grocery to try. This one is by far my favorite. 

Artifact Uprising Print & Wood Cleat, $59. I love the idea of displaying an important photo in a new and unique way. Goodbye photo frame, hello wood cleat. 

Hudson|Grace Gold Gnome, $195. Red Gnome, $95. My friend, Monelle has the chicest home decor shop in San Francisco. As soon as I spotted these adorable yet sophisticated gnomes on her shelves, I knew they'd make for incredible holiday decor. Plus, they're an original, unsuspecting gift.  

Res Ipsa Wool Loafers, $225. A pair of these gorgeous loafers is a perfect gift for the discerning, fashion forward guy in your life. I've placed them on my wish list this holiday season as they're crafted from vintage hand woven Turkish rugs and finished with a durable leather sole and rubber heel. Perfect with a pair of jeans! 

Sid Mashburn Filson Deerskin Gloves, $88. A friend of mine gave me this pair of gloves several years ago and I'm here to tell you, they will change your life. Made of 100% deerskin, these sumptuous gloves feel amazing, plus they work well dressed up or down. Your choice- just don't leave 'em at home on a cold winter's night.  

Coyuchi Men's Plaid PJ Pants, $58. I'm a sucker for a pair of good PJ bottoms this time of year. I see this attractive plaid pair accompanying me on all my overnight travels this holiday season- including cozying up to the fire on New Year's Eve.

Otis James Navy Herringbone Cashmere Scarf, $225. Herringbone. Cashmere, Navy. Otis James. Need I say more?